JanTerm is much like a collegiate mini semester. It takes place during the first two weeks of January. Students in grades 7 and 8 choose three topical two-week seminars that offer a greater opportunity to explore new course topics which may not fit into the traditional academic year, but are perfect for shorter, more intensive study. Courses are developed by faculty, administrators, and staff, all of whom bring tremendous creativity and personal passion into the classroom. Typically, about 70 unique classes are offered each year. For an example of the kinds of courses offered, please review the JanTerm 2022 At-a-Glance Catalog or the full JanTerm 2022 Catalog.
During JanTerm, students in grades 5 and 6 participate in special immersion weeks. Grade 5 students have a Science Immersion Weeks, developing their Science Fair projects, while grade 6 students enjoy Shakespeare Immersion Weeks, culminating in a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for parents and classmates.
During JanTerm, Bear Creek kicks off a two-week Ski & Snowboard Program for grades 7 – 12. “Ski Fridays” allow beginning skiers to learn how to ski, advanced skiers to develop their skills, and all skiers to have a great time together.